Erin Williams

Producer

Erin Williams joined WMUK as a producer with Arts & More, after spending a year with St. Louis Public Radio. She served as their inaugural Fellow, and produced stories on race, diversity, and culture. Her background also includes time spent as a producer with WPFW-FM in Washington, and as an editorial aide and staff writer focused on arts and culture at The Washington Post. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Telecommunication and Film, and interned at Alabama Public Radio.

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Civic Theatre's 'The Sunshine Boys' Brings Angst, Filled With Respect

Actors Art Nemitz (left) and James Carver star in The Civic Theatre's production of 'The Sunshine Boys.'
Credit Courtesy of The Civic Theatre

One might think that a comedy duo called "The Sunshine Boys" would have a welcoming, funny rapport. And they did - professionally. But offstage was a different story. 

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Vicksburg Old Car Festival Still Rollin' After 34 Years

Last year, a 1919 Studebaker was on display at the Vicksburg Old Car Festival. One can only guess what will be on view at this year's festival, taking place on June 13 and 14.
Credit Courtesy of Vicksburg Old Car Festival

34 years ago, Skip Knowles decided it was high time to drive some attention to his adopted home of Vicksburg. And I do mean "drive."

"I've always had old cars and attended shows, and you know Vicksburg's kind of a unique little town that's not on the way to anywhere," says Knowles. "I decided we needed something to bring people to town to see what we had down there. So I thought, ’Well we’ll do a car show.’"

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Arts & More
7:30 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Artist of the Month: Furniture Designer Jake Blok

Jake Blok shows off his techniques. The furniture designer graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design in 2013.
Erin Williams WMUK

At an age when most kids were still trying to make simple cabins out of Lincoln Logs, carpenter and furniture designer Jake Blok was learning how to measure and cut real wood.

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Arts & More
3:11 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Grand Rapids' Tanglefoot Building Is Where Both Flypaper And Artists Stick Around

The entrance to the artist studios in the Tanglefoot Building is denoted by a door with a red-lettered spraypainted "K."
Erin Williams WMUK

Flypaper.

It's an invention that you never knew you needed - and now that it exists, you can't imagine life without it. Such was the case in the 1880's, when the Tanglefoot Company began manufacturing the product in Grand Rapids. For over 125 years products dedicated to controlling insects have come out of the building, but in the 1980’s building owner Joe Skendzel decided to start renting some of the vacant factory space out.

He had no idea he was creating an artist’s colony.

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

'A Detroit Anthology' Allows Writers to Control The Narrative About Their City

Children enjoying a baseball game at Briggs Stadium, August 1942. Author Gail Griffin captures her own childhood memory of enjoying a game in the same place in the new book 'A Detroit Anthology.'
Credit John Vachon / Library of Congress

Author and professor Gail Griffin can remember her tenth birthday- spent catching a baseball game on a summer night - like it was yesterday:

"A rectangle of night sky opens ahead. Brilliant banks of lights against the black. The low crowd hum, rising, like a sea sound. Then acres of green seats and then, below it all, the blazing diamond, emerald they should call it, nothing has ever been so green.

Left field, Maxwell. Right, Colavito, the outrageous Cleveland trade, who points his bat at pitchers like a gun.

Humidity haloes the lights. Men yelp HOTdogs, HOTdogs, PROgram. I am transfixed, dizzied by the vastness. My stomach lurches like on the Ferris wheel at the State Fair when it surges up and I can almost see Canada. How can an entire world fit inside a building? It’s a gleaming secret, a hidden kingdom, an alternate planet shining at the core. Secret garden, emerald city, wonderland. The night breeze licks my skin. I might be dreaming."

- From "Night, Briggs Stadium, 1960."

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